World Premiere at the 11th Global Nonviolent Film Festival

By Will Espero

Searching for Camelot is one of three films directed by Roger Paradiso about the Kennedy era and the legend of Camelot. This feature documentary from the United States enlists the thoughts and memories of several elderly citizens to engage with younger voters who were not born during this magical time in American politics. Intimate conversations allow the older folks to share their experiences and first-hand knowledge when Americans elected a young charismatic leader during a challenging and tumultuous time.

John F. Kennedy was the first president to positively utilize television, and his debate with Richard Nixon showcases a natural transition to the new medium. The millennials also do their own research and share their perspectives about the golden years of the Kennedy era. The use of old videos, press conferences, and news casts bring viewers original footage of important milestones in world history. Events such as the Vietnam war, the civil rights movement, the Bay of Pigs, the Berlin Wall and the Cuban missile crisis are discussed as the legacy of President Kennedy are portrayed and presented.

Director Roger Paradiso

Roger Paradiso is the director and producer of Searching for Camelot, The Quest for Camelot and The Queen of Camelot, a three-part feature documentary examining the fascinating lives of JFK, RFK and Jackie and the world they inhabited called Camelot. His documentary The Lost Village documents the decline and fall of the bohemian Greenwich Village. Another of his films, I Want My Name Back, tells the unknown story of the Sugarhill Gang who broke Hip Hop around the world with their landmark song called “Rapper’s Delight.” Toronto Film Scene said: “I Want My Name Back will stand as a classic piece of musical history.” 

Past film credits include writer, director and producer of Tony ‘N’ Tina’s Wedding starring Mila Kunis and Adrien Grenier. He was executive producer for City By The Sea, starring Robert DeNiro, Frances Mcdormand, and James Franco. Roger Paradiso was the co-producer on The Thomas Crown Affair, starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo, as well as co-producer on At First Sight, starring Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino.

It was an American fairy tale come true, this tale of Camelot. This concept of Camelot all came from a young girl playing in Central Park, reading about King Arthur, and following her dream wherever it led. Her greatest contribution to history may be “Camelot”.

This is a personal story to me. It was a coming of age full of hope and tragedy. This tragic story of Jack, Jacqueline and Robert Kennedy could have been written by Shakespeare or Sophocles. It is a timeless story of power and fate.

I can only hope that I have captured some of magic of the Camelot Era in my film.

Roger Paradiso

Searching for Camelot is an Official Selection at the 2022 edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival, and it can be watched from September 29 to October 10 on globalnonviolentfilmfestival.comD!